Tag Archives: Francis

The Pope of Gestures

Pope Francis has repeatedly been referred to as “the pope of gestures“. It is of note, then, that the Holy Father again celebrated Mass on the high altar of the Sistine Chapel this past Sunday, the Feast of the Baptism … Continue reading

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In Time for Christmas

My saturno arrived today — much quicker than expected. This will do nicely. 

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Saturno – Another Priest Christmas Gift Idea

I’ve never really been much of a hat-wearer, but I do enjoy the wonderful variety of hats in the Church. Recently, it seems, a particular style of hat has been in the news: the Saturno (so-called because it resembles the planet … Continue reading

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Christmas Greetings to Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict

It’s time once again for many to start thinking about their Christmas cards. My post last year about sending cards to Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict was very popular. I again want to share their addresses, for those who … Continue reading

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Where Things Stand With Père Hamel

Several weeks back, upon the news of Fr. Jacques Hamel’s assassination in France at the hands of Muslim terrorists, I put up a post questioning whether it was really wise to jump to the conclusion that he was a martyr … Continue reading

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Mass according to the Rubrics

I’ve posted on various occasions about Mass celebrated ad orientem, “facing east” – that is, with priest and people facing the same direction, toward the altar. You can easily use the search feature on the blog to find some of those … Continue reading

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Follow Your Conscience?

I do not wish to engage in arguments about the Holy Father’s latest document, the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Lætitia. Plenty of others have already done so and surely will continue to do so. My main concern, as a pastor, is that … Continue reading

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The Post-Synodal Exhortation

Many are waiting with baited breath to see how Pope Francis will address the issues of the last two Synods on the Family in his post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation, due to be released any time now (some reports say tomorrow, some … Continue reading

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Christmas Cards to the Pope and Pope Emeritus

Many people are working on their Christmas cards now that Thanksgiving has passed – I know I’m trying to get my address list finalized! If you’d like to send Christmas greetings to Pope Francis and/or Pope Emeritus Benedict, these are … Continue reading

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Encyclical Hysteria

I have only scanned part of the encyclical and read excerpts of other parts thus far. It will be challenging, for sure. But it is part of the Papal Magisterium, so we must read it with an open and humble … Continue reading

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Some Beautiful Modern Vestment Work

My friend David Gardiner has a vestment for sale at his web site right now that really catches my eye: Here’s a detail of the 90-year-old embroidered vesica (medallion), in pristine condition: Great price for it too! (See details on … Continue reading

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How did ‘ad orientem’ worship go in the Diocese of Lincoln?

Very interesting post from Fr. Z on ad orientem worship in the Diocese of Lincoln: How did ‘ad orientem’ worship go in the Diocese of Lincoln? I previously posted about the topic of ad orientem worship here, here, here, here, here, … Continue reading

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